In a staggering development, Al Nassr is poised to extend a mind-boggling offer of £50 million per year to lure a Manchester United player to the Saudi Pro League.
Manchester United’s season has been a rollercoaster ride, with recent victories like the 3-0 triumph over West Ham overshadowed by their current position, trailing eight points behind the top four under Erik ten Hag’s management.
As the imminent takeover of football operations by Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Ineos looms over Old Trafford, significant changes are expected at the club in the upcoming months.
Among the players likely to bid farewell is Raphael Varane, whose contract expires at the end of the season. Despite United’s option to extend his deal by 12 months, they have refrained from doing so, reportedly due to their reluctance to match his hefty £350,000-a-week wages with a new contract.
According to reports from the Metro, Varane, while open to staying at United, is hesitant to accept reduced terms and is thus poised to depart as a free agent at the season’s end.
The Daily Star suggests that Varane could potentially earn more than his current United wages with a move to Saudi Arabia, as the absence of a transfer fee might enable Al Nassr to offer him a staggering £50 million per year.
The allure of reuniting with Cristiano Ronaldo, his former teammate from their time at Real Madrid and United, adds another layer of intrigue to this potential move.
Ronaldo’s groundbreaking transfer to Al Nassr in January 2023 sparked a trend of high-profile signings for the league, with players like Sadio Mane and Aymeric Laporte joining the ranks of Al Nassr.
Meanwhile, Manchester United is reportedly eyeing reinforcements at the center-back position for the summer transfer window, with Jean-Clair Todibo and Jarrod Branthwaite among the names on their wishlist.